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    • Join Date: May 2008
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    #1

    The trade surplus has been fueling economic growth.

    Hello.

    1. The trade surplus has been [progressive] economic growth.
    2. The accident will [present tense] requests for more safety checks.
    3. High oil prices [past tense] concerns about inflation.

    1. The trade surplus has been fueling economic growth.
    2. The accident will fuel requests for more safety checks.
    3. High oil prices fueled concerns about inflation.
    Do these all sound good?


    • Join Date: Jul 2006
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    #2

    Re: The trade surplus has been fueling economic growth.

    These are the collocations that I would use:

    promoting economic growth
    substantiate requests for
    heightened, raised, fueled concerns

    your #2 is awkward


    • Join Date: Jul 2006
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    #3

    Re: The trade surplus has been fueling economic growth.

    open the floodgates to more requests for...

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